HCP210_Assignment_Types of Drug Names

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Types of Drug Names By Candace Terrell December 12, 2010 Instructor: Dawn Tesner
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When beginning the learning process in the health care profession, identifying the various types of drugs and what they are used for can be difficult. Although the process is not an easy one, it is a necessary one in order to be successful in the health care profession. For example, one must know that there are four types of drug names: chemical, generic, official and trade. Each of these drug names provides different information about the same drug. When a drug is created it is adorned with a chemical name. The chemical name describes the atomic or molecular structure of that particular drug. Usually, the chemical name is very long and too complicated to say, so a shorthand version is developed for researchers. Once the FDA approves the drug, it is then given a generic, official and trade name. The generic drug name describes the name that is given by the manufacturer before a drug is officially recognized, also known as off-patent (not protected by the patent). The name is developed by the United States Adopted Names (USAN) Council. The name they give a drug provides minor information about the chemical make-up of the
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